By: Wang Shu-fen and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Transportation authorities said Thursday that part of Freeway No. 5 that links Taipei and Yilan may be closed due to icy road as a strong cold front is forecast to grip Taiwan starting Friday night.
The National Freeway Bureau said the road between Pengshan and Pinglin on Freeway No. 5 could turn icy as temperatures are forecast to drop to 5 degrees Celcius. If that happens, the Shiding-Toucheng section will be closed to ensure driving safety, said the bureau.
Motorists will be advised to switch to Provincial Highway 2, it said, adding that road users will be alerted of the changing road conditions and urged to drive slowly and carefully during the cold spell that is expected to last until early next Tuesday.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications has put up a “cold front” banner on its website to provide useful updates that it hopes will help people brave the severe weather conditions: http://www.motc.gov.tw/ch/home.jsp?id=15&parentpath=0,2&mcustomize=multimessages_list.jsp&qclass=201601210001 [FULL STORY]